When we started building the project in spring 2020, we were soon asked by many local residents if we would also build a store to save them the arduous journey to Divundu.
The desire to buy basic foodstuffs close to their village became louder and louder. This prompted us to discuss and explore the possibility of a store. In addition, the team was repeatedly asked to make purchases for local residents, as we are the only ones in the area with a car.
The store, which will provide for the basic needs of local residents, is located next to the water point and on the main road between Rundu and Divundu, which is also an alternative for those passing through.
The local team has drawn up a construction plan and has already started building the foundation walls of the store with leftover bricks at the end of 2020.
The further development of the store was delayed again and again due to lack of funds. Nevertheless, the team held on to the belief that the store is necessary and that we can finish it in time. Donations allowed us to keep building the store.
The store will be equipped with a small room with toilet/shower so that the sales staff can sleep there to prevent theft. The sewage shaft has already been completed and the sewage pipes have been laid in the store.
During the vacation season in December, work was slower. Unfortunately, we did not reach our goal of opening the store in December. For the last works we depend on electricity, because the generator needs too much diesel to finish the outstanding welding works.
The responsible foreman of the company Nored was already on vacation in November and not available for our request. So we are forced to wait until the work of the company Nored is accepted again. Nevertheless, we were asked to dig the trench from the transformer station to the store already, which we did. We sincerely hope that during the waiting period the trench will not be filled up again by the downpours.
More or less patiently we waited for Nored to finish the power connection. Phone calls were not answered, mail requests were not answered. After 3 weeks of pushing, Norde sent its workers to make the connection from the store to the transformer station. Finally, Mr. Malasa was able to start the rest of the welding, but the connection alone was not enough....the line had to be put into service first. This again took more than a week. Now, at the end of January, Mr. Malasa can finish his work and we hope that the store can be opened soon.
Heavy rains are not uncommon during the rainy season between December and March. Small bushes, shrubs and grasses push to the surface over a large area and take over everything.
The store's forecourt was overgrown with weeds, and the long roots penetrated deep into the ground. Unable to clear the forecourt by hand, the workers organized an excavator to travel from Divundu on its tracks to fill the holes and level the ground.
Next steps are to keep the forecourt clean and to set up the store so that we can put it into operation as soon as possible.
Since the beginning of the year, the store space is usable, the surroundings designed. For the shelves we have obtained offers from various stores in Rundu. However, they are only produced in Windhoek or imported, which unfortunately drives up the prices.
Therefore, we decided to produce the shelves ourselves. Finally we are able to buy the necessary material in Divundu.
To start the welding work we now only need a few welding materials, which we have to get in Rundu.
The shelves were welded under the covered terrace of the residential building, as electricity was only available there.
Thanks to the tools we brought with us, we were also able to cut the boards ourselves.
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